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Windows 7: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

01 Jan 2011   #150

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you for the feedback. I have added this into the WARN box to help others avoid the same issue.

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06 Jan 2011   #151

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

Hw do u know wen to use ntfs n wen to use fat32
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06 Jan 2011   #152

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Anorko, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It would be best to use NTFS, and only FAT32 if it will not let you use NTFS.
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02 Feb 2011   #153

needs help

hello. can anyone help me because i tried this today and i really want to put os in ma portable hd but after i get to the point the i its not working i just stop and decided not to continue and what happened now is. i cant see my hd everytime i connect it to my computer but i can still see the it is connected i just cant find it on my computer./.. thanks
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02 Feb 2011   #154

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Jeftzero, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you said that you are trying to install Windows 7 to the USB drive. Is this so??

This tutorial is not for installing Windows 7 on a portable HD, but for how to create a USB flash drive that can be used to install Windows 7 with instead.

Please clarify. Thank you.
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02 Feb 2011   #155


yeah thats my mistake. i forth its just the same usb and portable hd soo. now idk why i cant see my hd evrytime i plug it in.
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05 Feb 2011   #156
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16

If you have a gigabyte motherboard you can make it bootable and select 'usb-hdd' as a bootable option.

Make sure you extract the 'Bootsect.exe /nt60 L:' from the cd or it fails. In fact my copy of windows now was off a external hdd, my odd was broken at the time.
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13 Feb 2011   #157

32 bit XP

Hi there,

Thanks for creating this tutorial. I've been having problems installing 64bit Home Premium 7 on my PC ever since 7 was released and I bought a retail copy on preorder. Couldn't install via the DVD drive, and there was a whole thread about it on the MS support forums (CD/DVD Driver Error installing from 64-bit disk PURCHASED yesterday).

The long and short of it is that creating a bootable USB installation was considered a solution. As per your tutorial, I ripped the 7 disc (64bit) using ImgBurn, and then went to use the MS USB download tool with an 8gb USB stick. It got to the end of step 4, and then stated:

Status: Files copied successfully. However, we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable. If you need assistance with Bootsect, click the "Online Help".

I put it in the PC anyway, and it got to about 27% of installing files, hung for a bit, and then came up with a message like this (didn't have time to copy it verbatim):

Windows cannot access the installation files. Verify that the installation files are present.

I then downloaded a copy of bootsect.exe, put it in the relevant folder and repeated the whole process, with the same result.

I am doing all this on my girlfriend's laptop, which is running 32 bit Vista - is this likely to be the issue? Seems like other people haven't had that problem when using Method 1.

I'd be very grateful for any help/suggestions you might have - I'm almost at my wit's end and am closing to giving in and taking it to a computer repair shop - just my pride and wallet that have prevented this so far...

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13 Feb 2011   #158

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Oxymetazoline, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Was it a ISO file that you created from your Windows 7 installation DVD using ImgBurn to use in step 1 in Method One?

Be sure to double check the items in the WARNING box at the top of the tutorial to see if any of them may be of issue as well.

It shouldn't matter that you are doing this in 32-bit Vista since you are just basically burning a ISO file to a USB flash drive.
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14 Feb 2011   #159

32 bit XP

Hi Brink - many thanks for responding so quickly. Yes, it was an ISO ripped from my W7 disc using ImgBurn, then transferred to USB as per Method One.

I've looked at all the warnings, and can't see why it should be an issue based on any of those. The only thing I haven't done is set my BIOS to recognize "Legacy USB" - I just move it up in the boot priority and it boots fine (I've installed Linux no problems on the same machine in the past via USB).

My next course of actions is:

1) try ripping the ISO with a different program, i.e. ISODisk
2) try to find a friend with a 64 bit machine, and try Method One on that
3) try Method Two on a 64 bit machine, if all else fails
4) mental breakdown

I'll post back here with my findings...

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